Crystal Endeavor has welcomed its first guests in Iceland for the expedition yacht’s maiden voyage, a 10-night circumnavigation of Iceland. The inaugural voyage for Crystal Expedition Cruises marks the first in a series of five Luxury Iceland Expedition sailings round-trip from Reykjavík.
With this weekend’s launch, Crystal Expedition Cruises is now, for the first time, sharing a collection of photos from aboard the ultra-luxury vessel.
Crystal Endeavor is billed as the most spacious, fastest and most powerful expedition ship in the industry and the first polar class luxury expedition yacht “Made in Germany” featuring a PC6 classification that enables her to sail in Arctic and Antarctic waters.
Designed to offer discerning travellers elegantly expansive private and public spaces, the ship accommodates just 200 guests in 100 all-verandah, all-butler serviced suites, among the largest and most spacious in expedition cruising.
The ship’s marina features the “toys” found aboard a private yacht including 18 Zodiacs, a fleet of sea kayaks (14), snorkel gear, and a six-guest submersible and two helicopters in select regions of the world.
Exploration equipment aboard the ship includes a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) to view the sea at 300-metres depth and a Gimble long-range camera mounted on the mast that can zoom in to view wildlife and scenery over a mile away (90 X zoom).
The camera system shoots 4K video that is streamed directly on the HD TVs throughout the ship including public areas and guest suites, and on the large 65-inch screens in Palm Court, the 86-inch screens in the Expedition Lounge and on the Cove’s video wall, with a massive 218-inch centre screen and two 145-inch side screens. Camera operator control locations in the Palm Court and in the Expedition Lounge also offers interactive activity between the camera operator and guests, who can point out sights they would like to see up close.
Lead image: Palm Cove, Crystal Endeavor
All interior images ©Roger Pimenta